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Friday, February 21 • 8:30am - 11:15am
Supporting Grieving Children & Teens in our Classrooms: Creating Compassionate Communities

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Research often references how crucial the quality of the home environment is to a child’s development. We also know that schools act as a second home to children and teens. The classroom environment is a micro society where children learn about themselves and others: a place where they learn to read and write, but also discover their strengths and challenges academically as well as socially and emotionally. This classroom includes children and teens who are unique and face unique challenges, however many of the issues they face are similar. What if they knew that they are not struggling alone? Grieving children and teens often feel alone, different, disconnected, and unable to focus. They struggle to relate to others and “join in” and they often worry about their family members. Providing support that acknowledges that everyone has ups and downs is normalizing, comforting, and it strengthens bonds between members of a community. _x000D_
In this presentation, we will identify the challenges and needs of grieving children and teens and explore tools to support them in the classroom. Participants will be invited to create their compassionate classroom during the session with the materials provided.

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Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Director, Children's Grief Centre

Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre
  Wellness, All Grade Levels